Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing are prepared to use the nursing process to provide effective nursing services to individuals receiving care in inpatient settings and in structured outpatient settings. The academic program provides students with a closely related mix of theory and clinical practice; students gain experience in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and community agencies.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing is a four semester accredited nursing program at UAA. This program prepares students to deliver excellent patient care in a wide variety of acute care settings.
The AAS in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Licensure and/or Certification
Graduates of the AAS in Nursing must sit for and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to practice nursing in structured inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and community agencies.
Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
- High school chemistry or CHEM A055 or higher.
- (BIOL A102 and BIOL A103) or BIOL A111.
- Quantitative Skills General Education Requirement.
- Submit an AAS in Nursing application according to instructions and deadlines on the program website.
- Students will initially be admitted to pre-major status. Admission to pre-major status does not guarantee subsequent admission to the major. As a pre-major, students work with an academic advisor to assist them in completing pre-major requirements and preparing them to apply to the full major.
- Prior to beginning clinical coursework, students must provide documentation of:
- The following immunizations: rubella, rubeola and mumps confirmed by titer; Hepatitis B titer showing immunity, Hepatitis A, chicken pox, diptheria/tatanus vaccine within the past ten years, influenza vaccine in the previous twelve months.
- Freedom from active tuberculosis, documented annually by negative PPD skin test or by health examination by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant.
- Documentation of HIV testing annually (results not required).
- Current health provider certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for infants, children and adults. First-year students will have until the third week of the semester to complete this certification, which then must be kept current until graduation.
- Results of a national-level criminal background check.
- Professional liability insurance. Specific information regarding acceptable professional liability insurance policies may be obtained directly from the program.
- Students enrolled in clinical courses must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments and will be required to purchase uniforms and specialized equipment.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C in all nursing courses:
|BIOL A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIOL A240||Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences||4|
|DN A203||Nutrition for Health Sciences||3|
and Nursing Fundamentals Laboratory
|Adult Nursing I|
and Adult Nursing I Laboratory
|NURS A180||Basic Nursing Pharmacology||3|
and Perinatal Nursing Laboratory
|NURS A221||Advanced Parenteral Therapy Laboratory||1|
and Pediatric Nursing Laboratory
|Adult Nursing II|
and Adult Nursing II Laboratory
and Psychiatric Nursing Laboratory
|NURS A255||Staff Nurse: Legal, Ethical, and Organizational Issues||1|
|PSY A150||Lifespan Development||3|
|Social sciences course chosen from General Education Requirements list||3|
A minimum of 69 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing will be able to:
- Utilize critical thinking skills to assess and diagnose nursing needs and to prioritize, plan, implement, and evaluate care for patients and their families in institutional and community based settings.
- Effectively communicate verbally, in writing and electronically with health team members, patients and their families.
- Plan, implement and evaluate care that is safe, evidence-based, caring, and developmentally and culturally sensitive within ethical, legal and professional standards.
- Coordinate care of small groups of patients in collaboration with other members of the health care team.
- Develop a plan for lifelong learning and continuing professional development.